Portrait of Sarah Odenkirk
  • Degrees
    JD, University of Oregon School of Law
    BA, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Research Interests
    Art law, Intellectual property, Museum policy

Sarah Conley Odenkirk has been practicing law in the area of fine art for more than 20 years. She is located in Los Angeles, California, and consults with clients locally and nationally. Odenkirk advises clients in transactional matters related to the arts in the private and public realms.

During 2014 and 2015, Odenkirk served as the head of art law education and conference programs for the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA). Working with SIA, Claremont Graduate University, and the Getty Leadership Institute, she directed a three-day executive education program and a two-day international art law conference in Los Angeles.

In 2015, Odenkirk founded the Art Law Resource network, an online database that provides access to a carefully selected group of experienced professionals who provide professional services to the art community. In conjunction with Art Law Resource, she also directs Art Murmuration, a creative project space for Art Law Resource events and other educational and creative initiatives with strategic partners.

As well as sitting on the Director’s Council for UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Odenkirk is a founding member of the Fowler’s Contemporary Council. She is also a council member for Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network; on the board of FLAX Foundation, France Los Angeles Exchange; on the board of Los Angeles Nomadic Division (L.A.N.D); and on the Exhibitions Committee for the Pasadena Armory.

In addition to frequent speaking engagements, Odenkirk regularly publishes articles on art law topics and in 2014 published a book titled A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts (AMMO Books). She also maintains a database containing executive summaries and underlying documentation for public art in private development policies and ordinances nationwide. The PAPD Database is accessible on her law office website.

Odenkirk is admitted to practice in California, New York, Oregon, the District of Columbia, and Washington. She is fluent in French.

Art Law
Public Art
Cultural Property & Restitution
International Transaction